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Become an NVQ Assessor?

As the shortage of NVQ Assessors continues, training centres are offering a number of incentives to complete the relevant course. This usually includes:


  • Providing the necessary NVQ candidates required to qualify
  • Estimation of around 5 to 12 weeks to complete the course
  • Assistance finding work after the course is complete

NVQ Assessors are an integral part of candidates’ process throughout their course.

More information on NVQ Assessors


NVQ Events Management course cancelled after 2 weeks

A college in Hastings has had to cancel their Events Management NVQ diploma (level 3) due to staff shortages.  Sadly the 18 students are now unsure of their academic future as they had planned on completing the NVQ course.

Sussex Coast College wrote to the students apologised for the cancellation of their Events Management course. Hopefully the students can pick up on another course as soon as possible.

The students are angry after investing money into projects within the campus as part of the course.

NVQ diploma centre using wind turbine to help with energy bills

A small outreach centre near Wainfleet has erected a wind turbine to help with the soaring cost of their energy bills. Willow Farm, which houses a number of animals specifically to help run animal related diploma/NVQ courses for youngsters will educational difficulties, requires various environmental standards for the animals such as floodlights and heat lamps. The cost of running the farm is pretty huge so the wind turbine will help reduce the energy costs.

NVQ training with Le Bistrot Pierre

The Le Bistrot Pierre group have created an apprenticeship, training twenty candidates via Charnwood College in the Midlands.

The candidates are due to start the 9 month NVQ course which will cover all areas of catering and hospitality, team leading and cooking, enabling them to be in a good position to cover areas of the Le Bistrot Pierre business through learning on the job

New electrical workshop offering NVQ Level 3 Requirements for Electrical Installations

The Maritime & Engineering College North West in Birkenhead has set up an electrical training workshop to improve electrical engineers prospects within the local community. They have set up an NVQ level 3 training course and are hoping to attract electrical specialist candidates within the heavy industry. They want to offer a more suitable course, focusing less on commercial/domestic areas.

The course is accredited by City & Guilds and for more information, contact the college directly via

NVQ course evidence – what can you submit?

As NVQ courses focus on obtaining relevant skills in the workplace, evidence is required to prove the candidate has been able to complete units. Evidence can be submitted in the following forms:

– witness statements – this can be provided by a fellow employee or line manager within the company or other related individuals within your area of work.

– the NVQ assessor working with you can also provide evidence that you have performed certain tasks.

– prior qualifications can sometimes count towards evidence (Accreditation of Prior Achievement)

Other types of evidence may be acceptable by your course provider. It’s important that the evidence is genuine and that tasks can be repeated if need be. The evidence needs to cover all aspects of the task required.

Evidence can be in the form of witness statements, video footage, audio recordings, projects and reports. Speak to your NVQ assessor about what is submittable and in what form.


Level 2 Children and Young People’s Workforce QCF

The Level 2 Children and Young Workforce qualification will help candidates improve their skills and knowledge when working with children and youngsters (0 – 19 years). Your competence will be evaluated by support services workforces.

The typical environment for this level will be for someone just starting out as a children’s care worker.


Duration: Up to 1 year


Typically, you would be over 16 and working/volunteering in a childcare environment full or part time.Level 2 Children and Young Workforce QCF


What do I need to complete the course?

You need to obtain 35 credits and will be assessed/observed by an assessor.



Listed below are some of the units you may cover:

– Maintaining and supporting relationships with children/young people
– Paediatric emergency first aid
– Development of children/young people
– Supporting positive behaviour
– Communication in social care and health
– Creating positive environments for children/young people
– Understanding the well being of children/young people
– Health and Safety
– Supporting positive outcomes

Completing these (and more) units will earn credits. A minimum of 35 credits is required.


What can I do after this course?

You can apply for a number of roles including an assistant in day nursery, a nursery nurse, a youth and community worker, care worker and a pre-school assistant. You can also work towards your Level 3 Children and Young Workforce.

More information

Becoming a Teaching Assistant
TA – National Careers Service

What do I do if I don’t pass my A Levels?

This summer, thousands of A level students will be awaiting results of their exams which will hopefully allow them to further their education by winning places at universities across the UK. Some may not be fortunate to get into their chosen place of study and others will not be able to enter universities at all. This is by no means the end of many young people’s careers. In fact, it’s a time to rediscover what you want to achieve and there are many other ways to obtain those dreams.

It may be that an apprenticeship in a chosen vocation is the solution or an NVQ qualification, which will open doors within employment – the ultimate goal.

So if you find that your grades are not ideal to get you into university, consider other alternatives and contact further education colleges around the UK about other, more defined, courses.

NVQ Level 2 in Carpentry

Carpentry is a very well respected vocation and it takes time and dedication to master the art. An NVQ Level 2 Carpentry is an excellent choice for a vocational qualification, because there is nothing more valuable than getting your hands dirty and learning the skills required.

This course may lead you to work in schools, roads, hospitals, offices and airports and many more public or private environments.

The course typically involves working in an environment you may find yourself in as a carpenter. You will be expected to carry out practical and written assessments and an NVQ assessor will test your ability to carry out tasks.

Salary: Up to £27,000 but potential to earn more self-employed.

The units you may be required to cover are as follows:

– Health and safety. This is especially important in such a profession as you will be using power tools and handling various types of wood.

– Be able to make illustrations. Preparation is the key.

– Numeracy and communication skills

– Joining products and skills

– Planning methodically

– Installing first and second fixing

– Maintaining carpentry work

– Bench work/site work

– Erecting timber frames

– Shop fitting

Duration: Up to 2 years

Hairdressing academy offering NVQ hairdressing apprenticeships

70 apprenticeships are being offered in Birmingham by a hair academy, Francesco Group, who have opened a training facility.

The academy will be located on New Birmingham Street in Birmingham.

The academy are offering the following apprenticeships:

50 apprenticeships offering a two year course, qualifying in NVQ level 2 Hairdressing
20 apprenticeships offering experience on the job as a hairdresser.

The start of the course will start in September 2012.

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